How to Eat Healthy <br /> <br />Eating healthy is all the rage these days, but many people find that eating healthy consistently is nearly impossible, what with all of the food temptations around us. Healthy food choices are not nearly as plentiful as fast food restaurants or greasy spoon diners. To lose weight, to maintain your current weight, or to give yourself the best chance of remaining healthy, many of us turn to exercise, but working out on its own is not the answer to creating a lifestyle your doctor would approve of. <br />Step one to eating healthy is to figure out what your goal is. Is weight loss important to you? Are you someone who needs more fiber in their diet? Do you have a medical issue that requires you to increase the amount of particular vitamins or minerals? Fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes, limited dairy, poultry and fish are all foods that are healthy. Note though that there are recommended serving sizes of each per day, and often that serving size depends on which source you ask. Those of us who have been around for a few decades know that the old food pyramid of the 1970’s was changed in 1992, then again in 2011 as has our knowledge of how these foods affect our immune systems, our weight, our vitamin intake, and our overall health. What has stayed fairly consistent, though, is that these foods all appear in some form in a healthy diet. However, that doesn’t mean that you should load up on them. The old saying, “Everything in moderation” doesn’t just apply to weekend activities. <br />Foods such as fruits and vegetables have the best affect on our bodies when they are in their “raw” forms. Fruits that aren’t dipped or that are aren’t dehydrated with sugar and other ingredients added to them are the best for us. Vegetables that are not cooked versus vegetables that are steamed is quite the debate in health circles these days, but what both sides can agree on is that boiled, stir fried, or that have sauces and oils added to them are not as good for you as the raw or steamed variety of vegetables. <br />If you are someone who is currently under the care of a doctor for a health issue or someone on medications, checking with your primary care physician about your diet is a good idea. Any drastic diet changes should also be mentioned to your doctor or to a dietitian just to make sure that your new diet is providing your body with what it needs to be healthy. <br />Healthy food choices all depend on what your goal is, and with any major lifestyle decision, research and medical advice are important.